Fragrance oils are primarily synthetic...

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Posted by txilar on October 19, 2002 at 20:10:39:

In reply to: Fragrance oils vs Essential oils in henna paste for aroma posted by Maureen on October 19, 2002 at 12:46:28:

Because of that, I would hesitate to use them in henna because you
just don't know what is in them or how it will react with henna. Yes,
it is the same, basically, as using the chemicals in essential oils,
but the realm of "just don't know what" makes it a little more risky.
I've known cases of people breaking out horribly in response to sun
exposure and fragrance oils, so it seems the photosensitivity risk is
still quite high.

The danger regarding essential oils isn't so much an issue of
reactions to a dangerous substance, but just knowing what one is
using and practicing caution with it. Most every essential oil comes
with caveats about diluting them to reasonable percentages for skin
use. Some oils are more reactive to certain things than others and
many essential oils are just plain risky for skin exposure, period.
Knowing though, that EO's are not synthetic chemicals, and that FO's
are is enough for me to think they don't have a place in high skin
contact art. Synthetics are simply far better known for causing
allergic reactions in people than things that are natural
compositions. I'm not saying that natural things can't hurt, they
can, but synthetics are much more likely to do so simply because they
aren't the norm, esPECIALLY in this, the aromatherapy arena.

That's my thoughts. I'd stick to keeping henna natural.


PS Regarding the photosensitivity issue and phototoxicty, I would
really think, and this may be the wrong place to say it, but, I
really think that as long as someone is using SAFE dilutions, there
shouldn't be a problem. THAT SAID, using a mix in a business
situation where someone has liability and accountability, the risk
would just be too great. For personal use, I don't have a hesitation
in using bergamot, a major no-no to most in the admittedly "wandering
in the dark" aromatherapy world. In a business sense and on other
people, no I wouldn't use any citrus mix. I mean, 5 drops in half a
cup of paste is a good dilution. But if someone has no clue what they
might be allergic to simply because they've yet to be exposed, just
isn't worth the risk to cause them potential harm. Same thing with
FO's. Not worth the risk.


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